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Americans trust Comey and the news media more than Trump

Americans don't like James Comey, per se, but they still trust him more than President Trump.

A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday found that 54 percent of Americans think Comey is more likely to tell them the truth about important issues than Trump. Only 35 percent think the president is more trustworthy.

The results were surprisingly stable from previous surveys, despite Comey's high-profile book release and tour, and the president's corresponding attacks on him. In December, the breakdown was 56 percent to 32 percent in Comey's favor; last June, it was 56-36.

But Americans don't trust Comey because they like him. Forty-one percent view Comey unfavorably, while just 30 percent have a favorable view of the former FBI director.

The poll also pit Trump against his other public enemy: the media. Similarly, 53 percent of Americans said they trust news media to tell them the truth more than Trump, while 37 percent prefer to believe Trump. Twenty-two percent of respondents went so far as to call the news media the "enemy of the people."

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,193 voters via landline and cell phone from April 20-24, with a 3.4 percent margin of error. Read the full results here.